Stadia Pro will give out one free game a month

Stadia's premium tier will dole out one free game a month, Google says.

Published Jul 18, 2019 5:27 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:48 AM CST
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Google likens its premium Stadia Pro subscription to PlayStation Plus or Xbox LIVE Gold, and plans to give out free games every month.

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Google's new cloud-streaming Stadia service could change gaming forever, but only if it's done right. Now we have more clarification on what it offers. The service, which beams games wirelessly over the internet directly to Chrome browsers, Chromecasts, and Pixel smartphones, has two options: a free version which requires gamers pay full price for games and buy them separately, and Stadia Pro, a $10 a month option that gives you free games, discounts, and access to Google's high-powered servers for 4K 60FPS gaming.

But Stadia isn't like Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Now. You don't get access to a buffet of games all at once. No, it's more like a premium add-on than a dedicated all-you-can-play subscription.Stadia Pro will give users a free game every month starting with Destiny 2. The pool of games will grow over time similar to PS Plus or Xbox LIVE Gold, but Pro subscribers still have to buy other games one-by-one.

"To be clear, Stadia Pro is not Netflix for Games like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus," said Stadia Director of Product Andrey Doronichev in a recent Reddit AmA. "The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!)."

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The internet speed requirements aren't too steep, until you actually use Google's diagnostic tool. It often doesn't relay accurate speeds.

"No downloads, no patches, no installs--just grab your controller and jump in."

Of course the free version of Stadia won't include free games or promos. It's just the barebones experience that offers up to 1080p 60FPS gaming.

"No free games on Stadia Base. But hey, Stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacenter. You spend your money to buy games you want."

One of the biggest arguments against Stadia is lack of actual game ownership. No one physically owns anything they buy from Stadia, and games could get delisted, changed via forced updates, making ownership and preservation a struggle. Interestingly enough, Doronichev says gamers can download their saves from Stadia at any time, presumably letting them use the data in other PC versions of the game.

So at the very least you'll technically own the saves and investment from the game, but this might not matter if the particular title doesn't support cross-play on multiple platforms. Some games like Destiny 2, however, will let you transfer your saves across all platforms including Stadia.

"The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we'll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to," he said.

Stadia Pro goes live later this year, whereas the free Stadia Base will be delayed into 2020.

Check below for more info:

Stadia Launch Games

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Gylt
  • Get Packed
  • The Division 2
  • The Crew 2
  • GRID
  • FM
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Darksiders: Genesis
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Just Dance
  • Thumper
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • RAGE 2
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Metro Exodus
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Stadia is expected to launch "later this year" across 14 countries

Check below for pricing information:

Stadia Pro: $10 a month

  • Three months included in Founder's Edition.
  • Part of Founder's Edition
  • Resolution: Up to 4K
  • Frame rate: 60 FPS
  • Sound: 5.1 surround sound
  • Buy games whenever you want: Yes
  • Additional free games released regularly: Yes, starting with Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Stadia Pro-exclusive discounts on select game purchases: Yes
  • $9.99 / mo

Stadia Base: FREE

  • Coming next year
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Frame rate: 60 FPS
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Buy games whenever you want: Yes
  • Additional free games released regularly: No
  • Stadia Pro-exclusive discounts on select game purchases: No
  • Free

Stadia Founder's Edition $129

  • First access to Stadia
  • Chromecast Ultra
  • Limited Edition Stadia controller
  • 3 months of Stadia Pro access + 3 months of friend access
  • Full Destiny 2 experience

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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